ENGAGEMENT

Mixed Blood partners with the people and institutions who want to integrate arts-based problem-solving into civic society. Creative facilitation, performance, workshops, training, and community engagement are some of the methods we use to spark the civic imagination needed to solve complex social justice and policy issues. These are three lenses through which we focus our efforts to disrupt injustice and build a more equitable society.

Examples of our engagment

Resource Partners
We are committed to remaining aware of, and pursuing partnerships with other groups, organizations, and individuals working to further justice for those whose stories we uplift on our stage. Mixed Blood will strive to identify and amplify local and national resources among our community as one way to build awareness, understanding, and action toward issues where forms of inequity and injustice exist.

Community & Collaborations
We are proud of the numerous local, regional, and national partnerships we continue to establish, build, and maintain. Although we make progress every season in this regard, there are more skills we hope to develop to help ignite authentic connections with the 5,000 neighbors who reside in Cedar Riverside and who hail from 63 countries. A current collaboration, that sprung from the vision of a former staff member and current community partner Abdurrahman “Abdu” Mahmud, will use listening circles to further discussion and understanding of three cultural taboos within the Somali community surrounding reproductive health, substance abuse, and mental illness. Mixed Blood is the fiscal sponsor for this initiative. 

Areas of Focus

Climate Change

What could happen if community members, climate advocates, activists, researchers, artists, and government officials unite creatively and openly to address the questions:

  • How can we make our neighborhoods more resilient to climate change?
  • How do we form community and care for each other if and when resources become more scarce?
  • Can we work together to create a beautiful future?

To combat the steady stream of dystopian imagination on the topic, Mixed Blood is creating engagement-centered performances that challenge narratives about climate change with the aim of influencing climate policies and individual responses. Beginning in 2024, we’ll produce groundbreaking art projects, host community forums, offer engagement workshops, and train advocates to create more imaginative and equitable policy outcomes.

Housing

What could happen if residents, community development workers, housing advocates, activists, artists, and government officials unite creatively and openly to address the questions:

  • Where will we live when we are old?
  • Where will we live when the place we call home is no longer habitable?
  • Can we achieve universal housing?

Over a ten-year period, Mixed Blood is creating engagement-centered performances that challenge narratives about housing with the aim of influencing housing policies. Since 2019, we’ve produced groundbreaking art projects, hosted community forums, offered engagement workshops and trained advocates to create more imaginative and equitable policy outcomes.

Healthcare

What could happen if patients, medical providers, support networks, activists, artists, and government officials unite creatively and openly to address the questions:

  • How can we eliminate racial, gender, and other disparities in healthcare outcomes?
  • Where can we build robust systems of care beyond the medical industry?
  • As patients, can we achieve greater agency and ownership of our care?

Rent The Firehouse

Mixed Blood activates its 1887 firehouse for a multitude of uses. It is a venue for nomadic, itinerant artists, and mission-aligned companies in need of performance space. It is a home for the Cedar Riverside neighbors for political rallies, town halls, award shows, talent showcases, and important conversations. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it served as a food shelf and site for COVID-19 testing, as well as a site for voter registration, census taking, flu shots, and personal protective equipment distribution.

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